State of Illinois Archives: on Homeland Security


Doug Truax: Ok to interrogate jihadists using any means necessary

On Teri O'Brien's radio show, Republican candidate Doug Truax confirmed that he will push for a debate with US Senator Dick Durbin before next November. Among a number of issues with which he disagrees with Durbin, Truax, a West Point grad, said the military should be allowed to interrogate jihadists and not be restricted from using means necessary to protect American lives.
Source: Illinois Review on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 6, 2013

Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world

Q: The Benghazi attack became not only a tragedy, but also a politicized event in our national security debate. Is this a big deal or a big reaction?

DURBIN: No, it's a big deal. Vice President Biden gave us a classified briefing this last week. They identified more than 25 of our embassies around the world that are particularly vulnerable. In the Defense Appropriations bill, which we wrote and sent to committee this week, I included $48 million specifically to upgrade in 35 embassies around the world the security that we need. We need to protect the people who are out there representing us, we need to know and realize we're living in an increasingly-dangerous world. And this specific threat that we've been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 on 2014 Illinois Senate race Aug 4, 2013

Richard Durbin: Benghazi was a tragedy, but not a cover-up

Q: What about Benghazi?

DURBIN: The bottom line is this--this was a tragedy. We lost four Americans. We want to find those responsible and hold them responsible and we want to make sure that the security in embassies and consulates in the future, is going to be the very best. But unfortunately, this has been caught up in the 2016 presidential campaign--this effort to go after Hillary Clinton.

Q: There were 12 revisions of the government's version of what happened that night. The first version said that there were elements of al Qaeda involved in this, as an attack. Then at the end, the talking points said, "there are indications that extremists participated in violent demonstrations"--a totally different take on things. Why?

DURBIN: The Obama administration provided 25,000 pages of email. There's no attempt to cover it up. This was a squabble between two agencies, the CIA & the State Department, about the wording. [The idea of a cover-up] is unsubstantiated, and yet, the witch hunt continues.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2014 Illinois Senate race May 12, 2013

Pat Quinn: Let military medics to obtain LPN licenses

This morning, I signed an Executive Order that directs our licensing agencies to assess military training for state license requirements. Just last month, we completed a great first step, with the Board of Nursing approving a suggested "bridge" curriculum for military medics to obtain LPN licenses. We owe it to our veterans--and to our companies--to keep this process moving.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Supports the Illinois Military Family Relief Trust Fund

We have a program in Illinois, a good program, the first of its kind in the country. And it's been imitated by many other states, but we have the best. It's called the Illinois Military Family Relief Trust Fund, provides financial assistance to all of ou Guard Members and Reservists. It's helped nearly 20,000 military families in Illinois with more than $10 million. I want to thank the people of Illinois for voluntarily contributing to that program through a check-off box, on our income tax.
Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Brave men and women who are willing to fight and die for our country should be asked only one question: can they do the job? That is why Alexi supports the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

As State Treasurer, Alexi ended years of a misguided policy in his office by extending health coverage to domestic partners. As a U.S. Senator, he would also work to end the double taxation of couples.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Dick Durbin: Veterans angry over accusations that Guantanamo like gulag

Sauerberg accused Durbin of comparing U.S. troops to Nazis, saying many Illinois veterans are angry with Durbin. Sauerberg was referring to a comment Durbin made in 2005 saying prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were receiving treatment that sounded like something “done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime.” The comment made no reference to U.S. troops.

Durbin said Monday night that he was among the first senators to call attention to treatment at Guantanamo, though he wound up apologizing for “some words” he used. “They weren’t used in reference to any soldiers, doctor,” Durbin said to Sauerberg. “They were in reference to whoever was involved in what the FBI agents found at Guantanamo.”

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Apologized for saying Guantanamo is like gulag

Sauerberg accused Durbin of comparing U.S. troops to Nazis, saying many Illinois veterans are angry with Durbin. Sauerberg was referring to a comment Durbin made in 2005 saying prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were receiving treatment that sounded like something “done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime.” The comment made no reference to U.S. troops.

Durbin said Monday night that he was among the first senators to call attention to treatment at Guantanamo, though he wound up apologizing for “some words” he used. “They weren’t used in reference to any soldiers, doctor,” Durbin said to Sauerberg. “They were in reference to whoever was involved in what the FBI agents found at Guantanamo.”

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Alan Keyes: Send a clear message to the entire terror network

It was absolutely essential to send a clear message to the entire terror network that we were not going to allow safe havens, that we were not going to allow states that aided and abetted the terrorists off the hook. This has had its desired effect with the Libyans backing away from their commitment, with Syria now talking as if it wants to reach an accommodation. It’s a failure of strategic understanding if one isolates the Iraqi situation and does not see it in the context of what must be the larger mission of the US to deal with the entire global infrastructure of terror. We have also created for ourselves a clear base of operations in the Middle East that will then have further implications for others, including Iran that might want to stir up trouble in the future. We have to be persistent, deal first & foremost with the national security challenge & with others when it comes to the political arrangements for Iraq-but we must put first the safety of the people of the US as we deal with terror.
Source: IL Senate Debate, Illinois Radio Network Oct 12, 2004

Alan Keyes: Take preemptive action only if a probable threat exists

Q: How strongly would you consider preemptive action against those nations?

A: One of the brilliant things about the Iraq decision is that you go after those things most susceptible to the right kinds of action. Iraq was susceptible to direct military action, and so Bush acted. If you’re talking about North Korea, you have to look at the entire context in which we deal with the North Korean threat. That includes relationships with the Chinese and the possibility that you’re talking about something that could escalate into a larger war. We also have mechanisms preexisting for bringing international pressure to bear on both the North Koreans and the Iranians, when it comes to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons We consider the possibility of direct action in an appropriate form only if we have evidence that there is a probably threat, and that they are moving on that threat.

Source: IL Senate Debate, Illinois Radio Network Oct 12, 2004

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